PERSIAN PAINTED TILE WORK FROM THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES
PUBLICATION OUT OF PRINT
The manufacture of colourfully painted tiles has a long tradition in Persia, modern-day Iran. This publication focuses on so-called ‘haft rang’ (seven colours) tiles from the 18th and 19th centuries. During this time, the art of making tiles experienced a revival, starting in the city of Shiraz and initiated primarily by unknown artists who wanted to preserve and carry on their country’s traditions. Their vibrantly coloured tiles, with underglaze, decorated private homes, as well as public and religious buildings. The tiles are characterised by a wealth of pictorial elements, with motifs from traditional Persian folktales.
Social change and a hostile attitude towards Iranian architecture and traditions at the beginning of the 20th century led to the destruction of many old town quarters and to the disappearance of this impressive art. Hadi Seif visited the direct descendants of the tile makers and presents his findings in this book.
About the author Hadi Seif